“We are happy to return to racing at Ronde van Drenthe. This has been a complicated time and it is clear the evolving COVID-19 situation will continue to have an impact on professional cycling. Our priority throughout this time has been the health and safety of our riders and staff. At a one-day race, where the team has more control over the environment, we believe we can take the necessary precautions to race in a safe environment for all parties. Of course, we all want to race and we will be glad to see the CCC Team jersey back on the start line,” CCC Team President Jim Ochowicz said.
CCC Team will line up at the one-day race with a diverse and motivated roster, including Polish champion Michał Paluta, Sports Director Steve Bauer explained.
”Ronde van Drenthe is a great race to test our riders’ form going into the important cobblestone Classic season. This race has all the elements and demands of a Dutch “Paris-Roubaix” with its forested cobble sections. Our goals will be to build our team cohesion and go for the win. Some of the riders in the group have experienced this race before which will help us to devise our strategy. The team is certainly motivated to race hard with the recent race calendar adjustments”, Bauer said.
Kamil Małecki returns to racing after a strong start to his first season at the WorldTeam level.
”After starting my season with Etoile de Besseges and Vuelta Ciclista a la Region de Murcia, I came back to Poland and continued training. I felt really good at those races and I did a good job afterwards to improve my shape and stay healthy. The parcours is unique as one open or cobbled section can change the scenario for the entire race. From the profile, it looks like the route is perfect for sprinters so the teams with fast guys in their rosters will be controlling the race. I expect the race will be particularly hard as with quite a few races cancelled, teams will send strong rosters,” Małecki said.
Polish National Champion Paluta is also looking forward to testing his legs in The Netherlands.
”I started my season with two stage races in France and after a short break, I have focused on building my shape for the upcoming Classics. With Ronde van Drenthe, I will start the next part of the season so I hope that I will have strong legs. Looking at the parcours, I think there are many scenarios for this race soit’s good that we will have such a diverse roster. We will have to tackle cobble sections, short climbs, and a flat finish. As always, I’m happy to race in my Polish champions jersey,” Paluta added.
Ronde van Drenthe (14th March)
Rider roster: Josef Černý (CZE), Kamil Gradek (POL), Kamil Małecki (POL), Michał Paluta (POL), Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (BEL), Łukasz Wiśniowski (POL), Georg Zimmermann (GER)
Sports Director: Steve Bauer (CAN)